WalkHighlands has teamed up with award-winning author Linda Cracknell for a ‘Walking and Writing’ Workshop exclusively for Walkhighlands users. The all day event will be held in Pitlochry on Saturday 18 November and will cost £60 including lunch. As with other Walkhighlands events it is being run on a first come, first served basis so book your place using the details below to avoid missing out.
Linda will lead a day workshop intended to stimulate and refresh your skills for writing inspired by landscape and walking, whether it’s for WalkHighlands reports, articles, or even for fiction with fully-realised settings. No prior writing experience is necessary. The day will include a short walk with guided note-taking activities followed by an indoor session for writing, discussion and sharing feedback. Lunch is included and it will run from 10.30am to 4pm.
The first part of the workshop will be outdoors, including an undemanding walk from Pitlochry Railway Station in which there will be guided activities to explore and observe our whereabouts. For lunch and an afternoon consolidating our writing, we will be based at Pitlochry Festival Theatre. Soup and sandwich, tea and coffee will be provided at lunchtime. The aim will be for a fun and enjoyable day developing your skills with like-minded Walkhighlands folk.
Please email Linda Cracknell directly to note interest. A firm booking will not be made until your £60 is paid in full. Booking is needed by 30th September latest and is recommended early in order to secure your place. No refund will be made unless the organisers cancel the event. Please notify of any dietary requirements on booking.
Those who have secured a place will need to bring a notebook and writing implement that are practical to use on the move as we walk (top tip: pencils work even when it’s raining!). Dress for a walk, including waterproofs and robust footwear, but be prepared for some long stops (i.e. you may want to dress more warmly than for a continuous walk).
The meeting place will be Pitlochry Railway station 10.30 am. Trains from the south arrive at 10.22 and from the north 10.23. Please be ready to walk straight from there.
Linda Cracknell writes fiction, radio drama, and creative non-fiction. She started out by winning the Macallan/Scotland on Sunday short story competition in 1998, and publishing two books of short stories since. Her first novel, Call of the Undertow, was published in 2013 and in 2014 a non-fiction book linking walking and memory: Doubling Back – ten paths trodden in memory. Linda also regularly runs popular creative writing courses in Scotland and abroad and writes is a regular columnist for Walkhighlands.